, posted: 28-Dec-2006 12:39
Let's Wii together! We finally joined the few thousands Wii players around the world by... unpacking our Wii which we bought on my birthday
. Why taken this long to unpack it? Well... we've been busy for those weeks up until yesterday, with Ysabella
, Christmas shopping and all... And since it didn't get opened on my birthday, I decided to wrap it up to put under the Christmas tree.
Opening it on Christmas day was without a bit of fun and giggles, since we've already knew what's been kept underwrap. However the surprise was on my mother as she had no idea that we bought it. What's worse is that she didn't know we have had it for 2 weeks already.
We had a chance to play Wii before we decided to get it. The setup was without a glitch. Basically, the rental Wii that we got had a few settings changed from shipped factory configuration. When we set the rented Wii up to our Philips LCD, the screen configuration was set to 60hz which caused a fuss on the LCD. Withouth giving much thought on that, thinking that the unit is faulty, so we sent it back to the rental store the next day. Then we got another one to try, plugged the other one in and still the same problem. *Confused and Frustrated* then decided to try on another TV and it works fine. So I went ahead and check the screen configuration and try on 50hz and it works on the second tv. I then decided to try it on our LCD TV again, and it works in 50hz mode. Thinking that Wii should be smart enough to detect whether a TV is capable at displaying in different frequency, so I went ahead to change the setting to 60hz, and expected to see a warning that on some TVs, changing frequency may not display correctly. However, there was no such message, or even the fail-safe approach to revert back to previous known-working setting. So off to second TV to reconfigure the display frequency.
Anyhow, that aside, the gameplay and control is very natural and easy. We perceived this sort of gameplay or user experience will be greatly welcomed as it is more natural and there's very little need to read manual to figure out the manuever. Playing Wii Sports was fun and all actions are mimicking real life movement which make gameplay more interesting and different. There are a lot of doubt when Nintendo announced "Revolution", even when it is launched, the publicity around the Wii Remote and the lack of powerhouse graphics stirred a lot of rumours that Wii will not survive. I beg to differ, as I see Wii has more gameplay potential than Xbox360 and PS3. Let me say this, we were going to get Xbox360 this Christmas, however even after a year, we still haven't find that "urge" to get it. With Wii, it is different and unique and the gameplay is more appealling to us than what Xbox360/PS3's graphics can awe us with. We like how Wii works and we prefer the gaming experience be different than what hot HD graphics would try to woo us to. Our words to those that who are looking for a great console system that you want a good playtime with, Wii is your unit. Beside, it will help you to move about while playing the games, and not just slauch on the couch. A game console with a bit of exercise built-in, awesome!
Other areas where I think Wii is cool are, Virtual Console, GameCube backward compatibility, Forecast Channel, News Channel, and Internet Channel. And also, its ability to display photo slideshow and movie-clip playback from SD card.
Forecast Channel was launched not long ago, and it seems to be pretty accurate and working well. The "Globe" feature is very neat, as you can "fly" around the globe to different part of the world and get their latest update on weather.
News Channel is currently unavailable, so not much to report on this yet.
The Internet Channel is using Opera browser, much like Opera browser for Nintendo DS. The current release is a trial version with full version expected in 4 months time, and will be available from Wii Shop when available. The browser works great without any obvious flaw and can display correctly from all the websites that I frequent. Though a support for USB keyboard will be ideal, however the on-screen keyboard is pretty adequate for odd browsing from the 10' away. Internet browsing the way Windows Media Centre should have been.
I would use Wii as our 24-7 information device, displaying News, or Weather, or even messaging (to some degree).
Wii Shop is where you can get Virtual Console games or Wii software, like Internet Channel browser. There may be other Wii software as more time unfold.
Activities logging and messaging: Wii has a calendar to keep track of your usage and activities in/around Wii. It tracks how much time spent in a day on Wii and any in-game important messages, or friends' messages filed by day. You can also add another Wii machine as your Wii Friend by inputing the 16 digits, then the other party will receive a confirmation to approve the "add". You can add email address or SMS too, which they too will need to reply to confirm and approve the "add". Hence you can send email to an email address and communicate via Wii messaging service. Each Wii has a unique Wii machine code and a Wii email address (W1234567890123456@wii.com).
There are many more area to talk about, however is short, the experience of using Wii is highly accepted and easy to use. All instructions are short and concise and easy to understand. It even have a built in Operation Guide for basic help/instruction should you lost your Wii Operation Guide manual.
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